Did you know our spring co-op and full-time applications are due March 7th? Following the deadline, the GNGF team will review all of the resumes and #awesome videos. The following week, the real fun begins: interviews.
Interviewing with a company can seem like an intimidating feat, especially if you really want to be hired. It might feel like there is a lot to remember—what to say, how to sit, the exact muscles to be used in order to smile the way you practiced in the mirror that looked kind but not too eager. At GNGF, we pride ourselves on the uniqueness of our interview process, and genuinely hope that each candidate who walks through the door feels more at-ease as soon as they start talking to our team. We’re easy-going and fun, which is the most noticeable through some of the questions we like to ask such as, “Which Disney character would you be best friends with?” or “What is your favorite song with a one-word title?” Of course, we also ask questions that are specific to each position, but we’re big believers on having fun at work, and we want that to show during interviews with candidates who might join our team.
If you’re interviewing in the next month and hoping to land your dream job, here are some tips to make a great impression.
1. Know the company you’re walking into.
It is important to do extensive research on the company, the position, and the people before an interview. The right research will give you confidence and conversation points, and most importantly, will allow you to explain why you’re best for the position based on what the company is actually looking for in a new hire.
2. Dress professionally but comfortably.
No matter the dress code or culture of the company where you are interviewing, it is always expected that you stick to a business professional attire unless you are told otherwise. Go shopping and find clothes that make you feel confident. Choosing an outfit from your closet an hour before your interview could backfire and cause anxiety if the pants are suddenly too tight or you feel stiff. Lastly, choose an outfit that shows your personality and complements the culture of the company.
3. Prepare questions and answers.
It speaks volumes if you have thought-out, targeted questions during an interview. A question like, “What is your favorite part about working here?” can be useful to ask, but employers are asked this question in a lot ofinterviews. Prepare specific questions that will set you apart from the crowd. On the other hand, it is equally important to come up with a handful of questions that you could be asked and prepare responses to those questions. This will give you more confidence and an organized response rather than the possibility of stumbling over words.
4. It’s okay to pause and look at your resume.
Keep your resume in front of you, and use it as a reference point during your interview. Sometimes silence can feel awkward, but it can be more beneficial to take a moment to think about a response that connects well with the position than to say something quickly just to fill the silence.
5. Arrive 10 minutes early.
As a prospective employee, it is important to show that you are timely and reliable. However, showing up too early could be inconvenient for the person who is conducting your interview if they are finishing up a task. Never be late for an interview. It shows that you are apathetic towards the opportunity and that your time is more important than the person who is taking the time to interview you.
For more information about career opportunities at GNGF, go to gngf.com/about/careers.